Drinking water: How much is too much?

Drinking water: How much is too much? All you need to know about hydration

We already know that our body is made up of 70% water and that it is important to consume liquid throughout the day to stay hydrated. Do you know what signs alert us about how much water to consume?

Most specialists recommend drinking at least two liters of water per day. This can also vary depending on the amount of sport we do, body weight and the time of year we are. But is there anything like drinking too much water? Well, let's find out!

How much is too much water?

Stay hydrated while practicing sports 

Nowadays, drinking plenty of water is associated with good health, and there are plans online that encourage the excessive consumption of water to lose weight. This can also be dangerous for the body, and is called "potomania". It is an eating disorder characterized by the desire to drink large amounts of liquid. People with this disorder can drink up to eight liters of liquid daily.

People who are over-hydrated tend to go to the bathroom repeatedly and the color of their urine is light. Drinking a lot of water causes an imbalance in kidney function, sodium is lost, and can cause dizziness, nausea and headaches.

The average should be eight glasses of water per day. Ideally, you would know your own needs, and regulate your water consumption during the day. There are foods that also have large amounts of water, such as watermelon, orange, kiwi, and apple. It is always advisable to drink one or two glasses of water in the morning when you wake up, and another glass before going to sleep. If you practice sports regularly, try to stay hydrated before, during and after training.

Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water

Proper hydration keeps your body healthy

When your body gives you the signal that you are thirsty, it may already be late. If more than six hours have passed and you still haven't gone to the bathroom even once, this may be a sign. If your urine is very dark and not so clear, it may be a sign that you are dehydrated. If you are not in the habit, you can try free mobile applications, such as Water Reminder, that warn you when to drink water throughout the day.

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